Recent Topics
Find Topics I Started
by BlueOvalFitter
07/30/14 01:49 PM
Conversions
by OneEyeJack
07/30/14 01:32 PM
Silkolene or Motul
by LTD
07/30/14 01:30 PM
Women and guns
by Hokiefyd
07/30/14 01:01 PM
Doing the math: BYOF vs Shop Fluids
by SwedishRider
07/30/14 12:44 PM
Are the 2002-vintage Northstars something to avoid
by redhat
07/30/14 12:07 PM
How hot is too hot for EOT?
by Griz95
07/30/14 11:29 AM
Mix my own dexos1??
by wolf_06
07/30/14 09:46 AM
Avoid FedEx
by Touring5
07/30/14 09:45 AM
New vehicle protocol
by Mfrank84
07/30/14 09:13 AM
Four Baldwin BT223 oil filters
by NormanBuntz
07/30/14 09:13 AM
UOA: 02 WRX 5MT, 40K - Valvoline "cocktail" 80w90
by Buffman
07/30/14 08:37 AM
Newest Members
gsniegow, dimaone, CaddymanLNL, geovanni, LTD
50806 Registered Users
Who's Online
112 registered (AandPDan, 94astro, AlaskaMike, 2KBMW, 1foxracing, 9 invisible), 2116 Guests and 234 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
50806 Members
64 Forums
217041 Topics
3417367 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG

Topic Options
#1947545 - 07/09/10 08:59 AM Heavy rain yesterday. Brakes feel different today.
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 596
Loc: USA
We had some serious flash flooding yesterday when I was driving home, and I had to go through a few areas where it felt like the water was about 8"-12" deep on the road. My truck has ground clearance of around 9" to 10" from the ground to the bottom side of my doors (so any water at the wheel/tire would have been almost halfway).

I noticed this morning when backing out of my driveway that my brakes were squeaking. Not terribly unusual since it does happen often after washing the vehicle.

But, when braking normally in traffic, it seems like the brakes feel MUCH firmer, but stopping distance feels longer.

I'm confused?

Top
#1947558 - 07/09/10 09:12 AM Re: Heavy rain yesterday. Brakes feel different today. [Re: Reddy45]
KrisZ Online   happy


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 4191
Loc: Toronto, Canada
If the brakes were fairly hot and got cooled down quickly by water, the pads may have glazed a little, that's why you have firm brake pedal but less braking force.
_________________________
2006 Mazda3 2.0 - 186,000 Km
2003 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0 Zetec - 155,000Km
Both on good old dino juice smile

Top
#1947581 - 07/09/10 09:33 AM Re: Heavy rain yesterday. Brakes feel different today. [Re: KrisZ]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 596
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: KrisZ
If the brakes were fairly hot and got cooled down quickly by water, the pads may have glazed a little, that's why you have firm brake pedal but less braking force.


Ah good point. That seems very possible. Would normal driving repair the glazed pad problem?

Top
#1947590 - 07/09/10 09:40 AM Re: Heavy rain yesterday. Brakes feel different today. [Re: Reddy45]
KrisZ Online   happy


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 4191
Loc: Toronto, Canada
Yes the glazing, provided it's not severe, should be removed by normal driving.
_________________________
2006 Mazda3 2.0 - 186,000 Km
2003 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0 Zetec - 155,000Km
Both on good old dino juice smile

Top
#1947661 - 07/09/10 10:40 AM Re: Heavy rain yesterday. Brakes feel different today. [Re: KrisZ]
hate2work Offline


Registered: 09/04/08
Posts: 4616
Loc: Western Washington

Or you could re-bed them with several passes from 50 mph down to 5 mph. Let them cool well before stopping completely.
_________________________

Top
#1947807 - 07/09/10 01:02 PM Re: Heavy rain yesterday. Brakes feel different today. [Re: hate2work]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
Do you have rear drums?
Water is tough to get in normally, but if it is flooded, changes are sure to be noted.

Top